Ask anyone who has built a home and they will tell you the build site plays a big role in the design of a home. Almost everyone who builds has had to altered their plan to suit their land. Your build site affects your house design; it’s that simple.
You can avoid some potentially big issues by knowing your site before you design your home. This is the primary reason you should own land prior to design.
Build Site Aesthetics
The appearance and attributes of a build site should assist in the style choice of your new home. A good relationship between the house and the land will create a harmonious effect. The lot’s setting and the home design should complement one another. Always consider the location of the home in relation to the site. Concerns such as the angle of natural light should be taken into consideration.
Build Site Geographic Location
Stay true to the area’s geography. You love the look of an Adirondack Mountain style home but are building in the mid-west. Changes in the home’s design and materials will need to be made for the house to work in its surroundings. While this might seem like a simple concept, when not considered the home’s design and appearance can look out of place. The look and feel of your new house will meld seamlessly if you account for surrounding geography.
Build Site Topography
Siting a house is intuitive, but it’s one of the areas that can become a missed opportunity without proper attention. The build site should always be taken into consideration during the design phase of the home. It’s too late to easily remedy a siting issue by the time a house is built.
If you begin designing your house before you’ve purchased your site, be prepared to tweak the layout to take full advantage of your land. The site should always set the parameters for the house.
The homes pictured are examples of designs conceived and created in conjunction with their site.